Almost 30 residents living between Baird Street and Sir Roden Cutler Park have objected to the proposed installation of lights along the Tracker Riley Cycleway.
Lights have been installed in sections of the Tracker Riley as funding is made available. In November, 32 lights were installed across 800 metres of the cycleway thanks to funding from the Dubbo Stampede.
However, residents in Stonehaven Avenue, Baird Street and East Street are against any lights being installed in their area.
Twenty-nine people have signed a petition presented to Dubbo Regional Council in objection to the installation of the lights.
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Bill Dickens said if the lights were installed it would mean the residents were looking at "poles and lights" rather than their easterly aspect over the Macquarie River.
"To us, the idea that this particular place should be lit throughout the night so that some people should be able to run along the track is just absurd. If you look at where it's lit on the eastern side, nobody uses it throughout the night," Mr Dickens said.
"I think somebody has had a thought bubble here, but not a very clever one."
The lights have been installed along the Tracker Riley so it can be used by residents 24/7. They're often utilised by athletes early in the morning when it's still dark.
"It is sometimes said that lighting improve security. That's true in particular places, in car parks and the like, but it's not something that improves security in this particular place. What it will do is encourage people down there at night and it will adversely affect our security," Mr Dickens said.
The residents are concerned lights would increase the foot traffic between Club Dubbo and the Westside Tavern.
The petition says the cycleway is occasionally used by cyclists and walkers who have their own torches and lights. The residents don't oppose to those torches being used.
However, it says lighting the track would only provide a small benefit to a large group of people and have an adverse affect on a large group of people.
"We don't want lights on poles with timers, we don't want poles, we don't want the lights, we don't think it should be lit and we think it's an incredible waste of money," Mr Dickens said.
Money for the lights has also previously been donated from the Titan Macquarie Mud Run Committee.
The petition was noted by the Dubbo Regional councillors at the recent council meeting.